Owner Jerry Jones said he is saddened by the continued downfall of running back Joseph Randle, who has been arrested five times in the last 17 months and three times since the Cowboys released him in November.
Because several of Randle’s incidents happened in and around a casino in his hometown of Wichita, Ks., Jones did acknowledged that NFL has called him to see if the former Oklahoma State star was connected to sports gambling.
“When things get in the paper, they’ll check,” Jones said. “But investigation, I don’t know if he is or not. I told them that I know of nothing and know of nothing that in any way involves him sports betting on anything to do with games, football, anything like that. I know of nothing. The only thing I’m aware of is I’ve read where he’s had an issue at a casino in Wichita. I read that. That’s it. That’s all I know. I know nothing from some inside report, our report, his reports, anything.”
Asked if he heard Randle had been betting on games, Jones was emphatic.
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“Absolutely not. No. To my knowledge, the NFL has no basis of that,” Jones said.
Jones said sports gambling had nothing to do with the Cowboys releasing him November.
“No. No. Not even close,” Jones said. “Not even an input, a thought or a consideration. None. None whatsoever. I want to be real clear on that.”
But Jones said the Cowboys do have empathy for Randle, whose life has seemingly spiraled out of control.
Randle latest arrest came when he was booked into the Sedgwick County Jail in Kansas, charged with three counts of aggravated battery, one count of drug possession (marijuana) and one count of criminal damage to property.
He told the judge he has no money for an attorney nor the $100,000 to post bail.
Randle earned nearly $1.2 million in salary during his three years with the Cowboys.
“Very (sad). Very,” Jones said. “There’s not a bitterness here, and there’s not a resentment about what he didn’t or did do as a football player. From my standpoint I’m disappointed that, as a representative of our team, that that happened. But that pales in comparison to how sad it is to see him spiraling down like that. But he was spiraling, and someone asked, ‘Well why didn’t you see that at training camp? Why don’t you see that?’ Because he was not in that condition. But certainly when he left the team, he was spiraling downward in an uncontrollable way.”